We’re not experts when it comes down to bees and most animal species, and that’s why we knew nothing of the Resin Bee, also known as Wallace’s Giant Bee. Yes, folks, it’s the largest bee on the planet, and for decades, scientists thought it went extinct.
Such is no longer the case because the bee was recently found on a group of Indonesian island known as the North Moluccas. What’s interesting about the Resin Bee, is its 6 cm wingspan, and a body mass the size of a human thumb.
It should be noted that the Resin Bee doesn’t live in a hive with others of its kind. From what we can tell, they appear to be solitary creatures, and when it comes to breeding time, the mother usually locates a termite nest to give birth. Eeuw…!
Right now, researchers are working on ways to find other Resin Bees throughout Indonesia, and possibly elsewhere. Furthermore, they are also attempting to make sure this creature never goes missing again, or extinct.
It is said the primary reason for the fall in numbers has much to do with deforestation. Between the years 2001 and 2017, seven percent of the trees from where the Resin Bee originates from, have been wiped out.